I am going on a pilgrimage around the Holy Land visiting places such as Jerusalem, Nazareth etc. I will also be spending a week in Jordan visiting the treasury in Petra and the Dead Sea.
  • Day15

    Petra

    December 20, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Today we visited the Petra National Park area which holds the 2nd wonder of the world called the Treasury. This area is over 2000 years old and was built by the Nabataean people and the area we explored was the capital city for that group of people. All the caves were used as tombs and burial chambers. It was a fantastic site and had some great views.Read more

  • Day14

    Jordan

    December 19, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We have finally made it to Jordan! On the way our tour guide taught us a lot about Jordan’s history and government. We tried their local cuisine called Mansaf which is lamb cooked in yoghurt with a flavoured rice. It was really nice but the meal was huge. In Petra we are staying at the Movenpick which is a 5 star hotel just outside the gates of Petra.Read more

  • Day13

    Jerusalem

    December 18, 2018 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Today we got a free day to explore what Jerusalem has to offer. We went and visited the Yad Vasham which is a museum created to remember what happened to the Jewish People all over the world. It has some very thought provoking exhibits that taught us just how bad the Jewish people were treated. We then went and explored the old city and looked at their Market stalls.Read more

  • Day12

    Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    December 17, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We started this morning walking the “Stations of the Cross” around the old city of Jerusalem. This is exactly the walk Jesus would have taken on his day of crucifixion. It was a very moving experience which I will remember for a long time. We then visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In this church we viewed the remains of Golgotha which is where Jesus’ cross was put. We also got to see the anointing stone which is where Jesus’ body was laid after he had died on the cross. Mass was celebrated in a room that in the first century was his burial place. We even got to touch the tomb where he would have laid prior to his resurrection.Read more

  • Day12

    The Western Wall

    December 17, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    After mass we walked down to the Western Wall of this Old City or as they call it the “ Wailing Wall”. This is the place where the Jewish people wait for the arrival of the Messiah because in there faith the messiah has not arrived yet. The western wall faces towards the Hill of Olives where the Jewish people believe the messiah will come from. The western wall was actually the retaining wall of the old temple.Read more

  • Day11

    Pools of Bethesda

    December 16, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    We visited the church of St Anne which was dedicated to Mary’s mother. Next to this church are the pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed The paralysed man. The church was beautiful and had great acoustics.

  • Day11

    Valley of the Shadow of Death

    December 16, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    This is most likely the route that anyone travelling from Jericho to Jerusalem would have taken back in the times of Jesus. It could also possibly be where the parable of the Good Samaritan took place. Here there is also a Greek Orthodox monastery which I monks living in it to this day. Such a beautiful view!Read more

  • Day11

    Bethany

    December 16, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Our first place that we visited today was Bethany which is just outside of Jerusalem but due to the political climate is not consider part of Israel. Bethany translates to “house of the poor”. Here we celebrated mass in the church that is dedicated to the raising of Lazarus by Jesus. It had spectacular mosaics depicting the story of the raising of Lazarus. Because Bethany isn’t part of Israel they don’t have access to the services such as rubbish collection so it is a very dirty place.Read more

  • Day11

    Masada

    December 16, 2018 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Here we got the chance to view a Herodian Fort built on top of a massive mountain called Masada. This was possibly Herod’s Winter palace although he didn’t visit it much. The ruins are still very intact. At one stage in its history it was the fortress for The Jewish people who were fleeing Jerusalem. It became a base of operations for the Jewish resistance force and the Roman’s tried to take it by force. They had to built a massive ramp to sack the fortress. In this palace we saw Herod’s palace, the storage rooms and the bath room. You can even see the ground where the Roman 10th Legion would have set up base when they were laying the fortress to siege. What an awesome place. The pictures really don’t cut it when you have seen it in person.Read more

  • Day10

    St Peter of Gallicantu

    December 15, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    This is the place where Jesus was tried by the Jewish Supreme Court and found guilty. He was then sentenced to death. This church had three levels, the first level had icons depicting Jesus’ trial. The second level had images outlining Peter’s denial of Jesus and the third level was the dungeon in which Jesus was held before him appearing in front of Pontius Pilate.Read more